How to Make a Release

From OPeNDAP Documentation


This is an updated set of notes regarding a software release. It is tailored to a release of Hyrax, but the same process can be used for any of our code.

  1. Look for any tickets that have been bound to the label 'fix release x.y.z' and make sure those are completed. Use the Kanban board.
  2. When we are ready to release, follow the process outlined in the section below.
  3. Once done, close the board

Set Tasks for a Release

Only start this process with libdap, bes and OLFS master branches all building and passing their tests.

For a major release

  1. Security Review for libdap, BES and OLFS
  2. Write a new X.Y web page. See the web site admin notes for info about this. It has important information about the menu links. Base this on the previous release page's structure/content.
  3. Follow the remaining steps for a minor release (below).

For a minor release

  1. Update the release page on website. For this, copy the X.Y page and make it X.Y.n. In the future, we might use only a single page for release X.Y and simply amend it with information for version .1, .2, and so on. Don't bother to edit the links, just get the text in place.
  2. Source release for libdap, BES and OLFS. Follow the itemized instructions for each.
  3. Make and upload the source distributions for libdap, BES and, OLFS - delay signing until later.
  4. Transfer the binary packages built using the CI/CD process. Do this by logging into the web site host using ssh and the opendap account. Then use curl -O ... to transfer the RPMs and Debian packages from our build.travis.opendap S3 bucket.
  5. Update the info for the hyrax Docker container build in the Docker project on GitHub.
  6. Update the links on the web page made/copies/edited above. Test each link - source and binary. Once all of those work...
  7. Sign the packages (source and binary). Do this by downloading the packages, signing and then uploading the .sig files - no need to upload the actual packages.
  8. Install the new server on
  9. Send out a notice.
  10. Close the Kanban board for the given release.
  11. Update and of the release checklists and the 'Time to complete...' information below.

Time to complete by release

  • Hyrax 1.12.2: The total time was planned as 3w 1d 5h and turned out as 1w 2d 2h 10m.
  • Hyrax 1.15.1: 3d calendar time